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Research & Publication Ethics

Research Ethics Regulations of the Korean Society of Old Testament Studies (KSOTS).

Enactment: 15 May 2007
Amendment: 7 March 2009

Clause 1 (Objectives)
The objectives of these regulations are to present basic principles and directions on the roles and responsibilities required for preventing dishonest research acts of the researchers, in accordance to the article 15 of the bylaw of KSOTS.

Clause 2 (Scope of research ethics violating act)
“Research ethics violating act” means what is carried out in the course of proposing, performing and announcing the research; and details of these are as follows:
① Plagiarism of others’ original research content or results, presented or written without proper approval or clear source identification, or forgery or alteration of them.
② The act of not granting the qualification of the paper’s author/translator without proper reason to the person who has conducted technical contribution or service to research contents or result, or of granting the qualification of paper’s author/translator for the reason of acknowledgement or respect, et cetera to the person who has not conducted technical contribution or service.
③ Duplicate publication of a research achievement already published.
④ The act of publication of a paper written by re-editing a previously published paper with no novel or developed argument.
⑤ The act what is commonly acknowledged in academia as seriously violating ethics, which is understood requiring investigation or prevention by the committee.

Clause 3 (Research Ethics Committee)
Research Ethics Committee restricts research ethics violating acts identified in the Clause 2.

Clause 4 (Organisation)
The Research Ethics Committee has seven members, all appointed by the president of the society, including a head and a research ethics director (=administrator) in charge of administrative works.

Clause 5 (Term)
The term in office of the committee members is two years, and they could be reappointed.

Clause 6 (Function)
When the occurrence of a dishonest act is recognised or reported, the Research Ethics Committee of this society shall perform an investigation and review for this, and make decision for corresponding regulations of research misconducts.

Clause 7 (Constitution)
1) The head of the committee shall constitute the investigation council, and the head shall be an investigation chairperson.
2) The council shall be constituted with more than half of the committee members’ attendance, and resolution shall be passed by a majority of the members present. In the case of the resolution for the Clause 14 (Punishment) ④-⑤, decision shall be made with more than two-thirds attendance of the investigation committee members and with more than two-thirds approval of the members present.
3) The meeting of the committee for the investigation shall not be disclosed, and, if necessary, any person concerned may be called up for the meeting and her or his opinions may be heard.

Clause 8 (Report and reception of research ethics violating act)
Informers can report, under their real names, to the committee via document or electronic mail; and the contents and evidence of specific dishonest acts must be reported via document.

Clause 9 (Protection of informant)
1) The names of the informers and their identity shall not be disclosed.
2) The informer who is, or could have been, aware of the falsity of the report but reported shall not be necessarily protected by the committee and, depending on circumstances, it could be reported to her or his affiliated institution.

Clause 10 (Protection of a right of the person under investigation)
The Research Ethics Committee should protect the reputation and rights of the person under investigation until the investigation is completed; and, if the person is found acquitted, the committee should endeavour to recover her or his honour.

Clause 11 (Assurance of presenting objection and pleading)
The investigation committee shall provide a right and opportunities for the informants and the person under investigation to present statements of opinion, objection and pleading.

Clause 12 (Period of investigation, deliberation and judgement)
1) Within six months since the day a report is received, the head of the committee should complete procedures of committee constitution, investigation, deliberation and judgement.
2) In principle, any misconduct made more than two years before the day a report is received shall not be proceeded.

Clause 13 (Demand for attendance and submission of data)
1) The Committee may demand the attendance of informant, the person under investigation, witness and testifier.
2) The committee may demand that the person under investigation submit data.

Clause 14 (Punishment)
When a research ethics violation is confirmed as a result of deliberation, the following punishments can be applied.
① Warning
② Publication disapproval
③ Prohibition of paper submission for a specific period.
④ Deprivation of member qualification
⑤ Prohibition of membership application for a specific period.
⑥ Report of the punishment to the affiliated institution of the person disciplined.

Clause 15 (Reconsideration)
A request for reconsideration should be made within three months since the day judgement is given; and, once request is received, re-examination and judgement are to be made within six months since the day request is received.

Clause 16 (Confidentiality)
Any information concerning the report, investigation, deliberation, judgement, and reconsideration of any case should not be released by anyone related, directly or indirectly, to a case. If need for disclosure is justifiable, it could be made by the decision of the Committee.

Clause 17 (Budget)
Budget for the committee management and investigation could be specifically allotted and provided.

Clause 18 (Additional clause)
This regulation will be enforced from 1 June 2007.